Brushing your teeth is an important part of everyone's daily routine, but do you ever stop to think if your actually doing it right? Proper technique is key to protect yourself from problems like cavities, gum disease, or gingivitis. Here are a few easy ways to perfect your skills...

1. Is it time for a change?

If you have to ask then it probably is. Typically you should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months to ensure maximum quality. A good toothbrush should have bristles that are firm and tight. Once bristles start to loosen and fray they don't clean teeth as well, and could cause discomfort.

2. Can your toothpaste hurt you?

Not all toothpastes are the same, and some could even harm your teeth. Ones that claim to make your teeth white and bright actually have added particles that can lead to tooth decay if overused. Plain fluoride toothpaste should do the job just fine.

3. It's not only your sweet tooth that you have to worry about.

It's commonly known that sweet sugary foods are bad for your teeth, but what about sour food? Sour flavored candies, sodas, and athletic drinks have high amounts of acid causing tooth enamel to soften. Even healthy foods such as oranges, fruit juice, and coffee have the same effect. But if you need these things in your life it's a good idea to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing in order to let your enamel restore fully.